Spoils are shared
Deadlock between Hibs and Cormac's
Courtown Hibs and St. Cormac's played out their second draw of the season in Under-11 Division 1A of the Wexford and District Schoolboys Soccer League in Ounavarra Park.
Courtown Hibs 1 St Cormac's 1
Last time out eight goals were shared evenly between the sides, but this game was a little different. On Saturday a pair of stout defences dominated the match and clearcut chances were far from plentiful.
The hosts went about defending their goal with the impressive trio of Seán Hayden, Jamie Craddock and Tommy Hannigan.
On the other side St. Cormac's initially racked four across the back line but they were quick to throw defenders forward looking to add strength to the attack.
Indeed, as the teams found their feet the visitors looked most likely to break the deadlock. Fionn Walsh twice tested Eoin Blanchfield in the Courtown goal but there was nothing the stopper could do to deny Joe Ivory when he drilled home from Ben Rossiter's right-wing cross.
The goal energised St. Cormac's and they continued to pile forward, with Rossiter and Walsh proving very difficult to contain.
Byron Keane flashed over from close range and Rossiter again forced Blanchfield into a smart save.
Eventually Courtown found their feet and edged back into the contest. Lee Polglase had four attempts at goal in the last five minutes of the half; three whizzed wide while Sam Tyrrell also made a good save from his other attempt.
In between the pressing at the other end, Cormac's clattered the left post through Keane after Jason Carolan's effort was blocked. Then, in the first minute of the second-half Blanchfield saved low from Keane as the visitors pushed for a second goal.
Ronan Kenna and Jude Tindall came off the bench for Courtown at the break and they added a little extra life to the hosts' attack. Polglase played Tomás Woods in on the left and forced Tyrrell into a superb save above his head.
Not to be outdone, Blanchfield kept his side in the game with a quick pair of saves from Rossiter, and those stops would prove vital when Hibs equalised ten minutes into the second period.
The goal came almost out of nothing. Polglase picked up the ball in midfield and drove into the Cormac's half, and with an out-ball unavailable the midfielder took aim at goal and sent a thumping shot to the net.
Both sides had a chance to win it in the last quarter.
Tyrrell made a superb save from Ronan Kenna while Seán Hayden cleared a goalbound shot from Carolan off the line.
All in all the draw was a fair result for two sides with more talent then their league position suggests.
Star man - Lee Polglase (Courtown): Grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck just when it was needed and scored the crucial equaliser.
Courtown Hibs: Eoin Blanchfield; Seán Hayden, Jamie Craddock, Tommy Hannigan; Conor Cronin, Lee Polglase (capt.), Andrew Coyne, Dylan McGovern; Tomás Woods. Subs. (rolling) - Ronan Kenna, Jude Tindall.
St. Cormac's: Sam Tyrrell; Matt Gahan, Tristan Byrne-Whelan, Callum Byrne-Whelan, Joe Ivory; Ben Rossiter, Fionn Walsh (capt.), Byron Keane; Jason Carolan.
Referee: James Doyle.